Waves CLA Unplugged
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Waves CLA Unplugged

CLA Unplugged, Software channel strip from Waves in the CLA series.

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Hatsubai 06/26/2011

Waves CLA Unplugged : Hatsubai のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Getting that cool reverb"
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CLA Unplugged is part of the CLA bundle that Waves has to offer. These are plugins that were created by/for Chris Lord-Alge, the famous mixer who's done everything from Rocky IV to Slipknot. This program basically gives that very acoustic kind of feel going on. It has sliders for bass, treble, compress, reverb 1, reverb 2, delay, input and output. There are also small buttons at the top for adjusting different frequencies. On top of that, there are two knobs for adjusting the reverbs in the upper left. To use this, you simply enable it on your buss and start adjusting. I didn't experience any compatibility issues, so I can't comment on that. I never read the manual, but I don't think it's really necessary for these plugins. It's very easy and simple to use, so no issues there.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves plugins have always been some of the most stable plugins I've experienced. They're cross platform compatible, so they'll work with both PCs and Macs. As a Mac user, that's a huge advantage for someone like me. They run in 32 bit mode, but Logic uses a wrapper-like application that runs so you don't interfere with your 64 bit interface. I've tried this on various different buses, and it seems to work on anything with ease. It even works nicely on MIDI, which I found a bit surprising. There are no performance issues at all, and that's a huge plus when working in a DAW filled with all kinds of synths and tracks running tons of plugins. These plugins came with my Mercury package, and I've had that for a few months now.

OVERALL OPINION

I find myself using this plugin quite a bit on drums for hard rock mixes, actually. You can get some sick reverbs without having to fiddle with too many knobs and buttons. It's real simple to use, and it sounds great. This is one of the better plugins in the CLA bundle, in my opinion.